Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled
17121 Lake Shore Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44110-4006
(216) 623-2911 (Local)
(216) 623-7036 (Fax)
(800) 362-1262 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

Regional Library.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Branches that offer adaptive technology installed are open until 8:00 PM on Mon., Tues., and Thurs. and on Sat. from 9:30 AM-6:00 PM. One location is open on Sun. from 1:00 PM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 15,000
Number of staff: 17 fte
Staff description: The library employs professional librarians (with MLS) including an adaptive technology librarian, library assistants (reader advisory, adaptive computer training)clerical aides, and Braille specialist.
Geographic area served: Allen, Ashland, Ashtabula, Auglaize, Belmont, Carroll, Champaign, Columbiana, Coshocton, Darke, Defiance, Delaware, Erie, Franklin, Fulton, Geaugam Guernsey, Licking, Logan, Lorain, Lucas, Mahoning, Marion, Medina, Mercer, Morrow, Ottawa, Paulding, Portage, Putman, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Union, Van Wert, Wayne, Williams, Wood, and Wyandot Counties.
Publications: Dimensions of LBPH (general newsletter), Cyberwire (adaptive technology newsletter).


Will Reed, Librarian, Will.Reed@cpl.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Administers Braille Read Together, a program matching braille readers with youth learning braille.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Administers 19 satellite adaptive technology sites in public library branches. Small assistive devices such as magnifiers are available for loan at all 29 facilities.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information by telephone, mail and training in the use of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, JAWS, ZoomText,Magic, etc.
  • Library Services
    • Provides talking books, talking book machines. audiocassettes, and braille books for blind and physically handicapped persons. Training in the use of computer technology.

      Helps individuals gain access to information, both electronic and standard print. The Cleveland Public Library has strategically placed adaptive computer technology which patrons with disabilities may use free-of-charge to access the Internet or word-processing programs. Instruction on the use of these items is available free-of-charge.

  • Services for Seniors
    • Provides on-site and on-line book discussion group. Parent agency maintains senior web site with informational links.
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